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There are so many articles available on the importance of a well designed work space, covering everything from increased productivity to safety, and here at the Swiss Business Council we are lucky to have a great space which was done by Swiss Bureau. Check out this amazing new design from Swiss Bureau. Maybe it will inspire your office interior as well? Being Swiss we love the use of red and natural wood tones.  What tools do you utilise in your work environment to increase productivity? For some tips read on.

This article was originally written by Mary Lakzy who is an Interior Designer at CAS.

In fact, we spend a lot more time with our colleagues than we do with our own families, so the working environment needs to be a satisfying one.

If a workplace is untidy or disorganized, employees are going to find it hard to get things done. The collective concentration of a team will suffer and there could be a struggle to meet performance objectives. If you’re a business owner, this is something that you should think about carefully, because productivity suffers in the absence of a well-designed work space.

This guide to some of the important benefits of great office design will help you understand the value of an efficient layout.

1-   Increased Productivity

The first and foremost benefit is productivity. Clearly, the longer it takes employees to carry out tasks, the less money can be made. This is why strategic office fitouts in Melbourne have become so popular. Business owners are investing in expert renovation and redesign, as a way to streamline the most valuable parts of the workplace. Everything that employees need for the day should be within close range; printers, filing cabinets, stationery, and furniture.

2-   Safer, More Secure

If an office is kept tidy and designed in a way that creates designated spaces for key resources and activities, the chance of accidents will be naturally lower. There won’t be boxes, files, or extra chairs stored haphazardly in walkways. Employees won’t have to hurry to reach the things that they need in a timely fashion; they’ll be a short walk away or within arm’s reach. This decreases the likelihood of trips and falls, so the office will be safer.

3-     Use color 

The colors most often associated with traditional offices – white, gray and beige – are neutral, practical and dull! Injecting a little color into your office can significantly affect the mood of your staff. Most experts agree that blue has a positive effect on productivity as it is calming while brighter colors are great for encouraging ideas and creativity.

If, as suggested in the previous section, your staff have the freedom to move between different workspaces then it makes sense to match your color palette to the function of each room. Communal areas used for meetings and brainstorming sessions could be painted in bright inspiring colors while private offices for concentration should be calming colors.

4-   Improves Morale

Over the last decade, much has been said about ‘open plan’ offices and their value for employees. Yet, not all workplaces can run efficiently without fixed divisions. The majority, even if they do encourage cooperation, also depend on clearly delineated spaces and individual workstations. These days, though, you don’t necessarily have to choose between the two; you can have the best of both worlds. With high-quality office partitions, it is possible to create partially open plan workspaces, that still offer a reasonable degree of privacy.

5-   Impresses Clients/Visitors

It is quite common for offices to welcome visitors, whether they’re potential customers, suppliers, or just people from the local area. If you want to make a good impression, your workplace needs to look visually appealing. This means tidy stations, carefully organized furniture, and a logical, practical way of getting around. The last thing that you want is to have clients clambering over boxes or edging around tables; plan carefully for maximum efficiency.

6-   Responsive to Change

And finally, a well-designed work environment is responsive to change. It can be altered, adapted, and adjusted to meet the changing needs of the business. Without this quality, you’ll find that you have to spend a lot more money when it comes to switching things around. Not only will it be harder to visualize changes before you make them, the amount of physical labour involved with remodeling will be much higher. This is another reason why office partitions are so useful; they’re easier to adjust and change.